Featured in IFCM Journal

Featured in IFCM Journal

I am honored to have been featured in IFCM’s International Choral Bulletin in an article entitled “After Eric: New American Composers After 1980.” You can read the article...
Washington Post Review

Washington Post Review

Anne Midgette, of the Washington Post, reviewed Jake Runestad and David Johnston’s new opera, “Daughters of the Bloody Duke.” “And I was thoroughly amused, as I was meant to be, by “Daughters of the Bloody Duke.” The composer Jake Runestad and...
Virginia Arts Festival Joins Commission

Virginia Arts Festival Joins Commission

The renowned Virginia Arts Festival has joined the commission for Dreams of the Fallen – my newest work for solo piano, chorus, and orchestra. Located in the Norfolk/Williamsburg/Virginia Beach area, the Virginia Arts Festival has a rich history of bringing some...

Commission from Grammy-nominated Seraphic Fire

The Grammy-nominated professional choir, Seraphic Fire, has commissioned me for a set of three carols (new works, not arrangements) for their critically-acclaimed Christmas concerts this coming winter. Commission Open to All Choirs We have decided to open this...

“How Can I Keep From Singing?” Interview

My new setting of “How Can I Keep From Singing?,” commissioned by soprano Elisabeth Slaten, will premiere tomorrow (April 13) at 8pm in Griswold Hall at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, MD. Watch an interview about the work here:  ...
Polyphonic.org Guest Blogger Post 1

Polyphonic.org Guest Blogger Post 1

I was recently asked to be a guest blogger on Polyphonic.org – the national forum for orchestral musicians.  Below is my first blog post that you can find on www.polyphonic.org:   Composer’s Corner with Jake Runestad It is a pleasure to be a guest...

Baltimore Sun Review – As Rain to the Sea

A review by Tim Smith of the Baltimore Sun from Sunday’s performance of my “As Rain to the Sea.” Congrats Lee Mills, Lisa Perry, and orchestra! Click here: Weekend review: Pro Musicia Rara, conductor Lee Mills, composer Jake Runestad...

Choral Arts (Seattle) recent performance

Choral Arts (Seattle), under the direction of Dr. Robert Bode, recently performed my choral piece “I will lift mine eyes” during their Pure Sound concert series.  I just received the recording and it is FANTASTIC!  What an excellent group of voices and a...

Mechanical Minds

“Mechanical Minds” was commissioned by Bill Nerenberg for the Baltimore Concerto Orchestra. About the piece: “Mechanical Minds” realizes the virtuosic potential of an orchestra as the players whirl through an array of industrial soundscapes. ...

The Singer: more than just pretty sounds

The Great Debate Growing up a saxophone-playing band geek, I witnessed first hand the instrumentalist versus vocalist warfare from the front lines…and at times participated myself! Even though I have sung my whole life, I first joined a choir my sophomore year...

Composition at Peabody

Check out this great article in the Peabody Magazine about the Composition department: http://www.peabody.jhu.edu/4293 If you click on the picture of the composers you can hear some of their music. Dr. Kevin Puts is my teacher....